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Ps 274 Kosciusko

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 633 students

 

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Posted March 7, 2014

It is sickening that a school like this could remain open under the terrible leadership it has. The students are not nurtured or treated with respect- I feel that my child is unsafe, but my concerns fall on deaf ears. Parents get even less respect. The principal, Ms O, cares only about herself and clearly dislikes children. The assistant principals seem kinder but stressed. I worry every day as I let my child go to school and wish I had a better option. He has had a few good teachers but is not learning what i think a third grader should know. parents are not involved because we are afraid of that O!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

P,S 274 is a school that needs improvement. My experience with this school as a parent was not great. The percentage of black children is very small and they were treated as minority,It is very sad that in the U .S.A. these problems still exist. Complaining is a waste of time because the staff cover each other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Yesterday was the first day and first time in this school for my 4th grade boy. I have never seen such a committed and caring group of people. Mrs. Ollivierra-Jones (Principal), Mr. Zuzeck (Asst. Principal), Mrs. Joseph (Nurse) and Mrs. Robles (Counselor) all got involved in helping accommodate the needs of my boy. They spent all morning with me discussing how they could make it safe for my son who has a severe allergy to nuts. They won me over. Not to mention his teacher whom I will not name to protect the identity of my boy, who was very sweet and promises to be a wonderful teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

I went to this school when i was younger and i am 32 yrs old now. My favorite teacher was Mrs. McEnteen she taught me in 5th grade until this day i always treasure my moments there. I was in the Glee club and it gave me confidence Mr. Russo was the best. Oh and myu penmanship was perfected there till this day i value my handwritting.


Posted April 17, 2012

The principal of this school has no real interest in the education and well being of her students. She is at best mediocre in her response to a parents cry for assistance and has led the school down a slippery road to failure. While under her watch my child has not only wasted two years in a poor class setting he has not received the services needed to succeed. SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

In my judgement, P.S. 274 is an incredibly outstanding elementary school. General belief is that private schools provide better education then public schools. However, I am a proud graduate of the Kosciusko School (P.S. 274) of the class of 2007. I have had to switch schools about 6 times for personal reasons but out of all the schools, P.S. 274 just happens to be the best school that I've attended. Although, I haven't completed my high school career yet, so far I've never had such a memorable experience from any other school. It's teachers are truly remarkable and show care in teaching their students. The music program is engaging and the learning environment is wonderful. Aside from great education, there's always student activities going on. I remember learning so much from their clubs such as the photography program and the hockey & chess club, which I believe has been renamed to the sports & fitness club. It's just a very good school. If you're looking for a school for you're child in the area, P.S. 274 is the best in the district.


Posted April 20, 2010

My child is now in fifth grade at this school, so I have experienced both the old principal, Dr. O'Gormon, and the current principal, Ms. Ollivierra. My experience has not been positive since the new principal came. I have felt unwelcome in the school, and I have not seen my child's problems solved when i contacted Ms. O about bullying. In this school the average child seems forgotten, as they put all the effort in raising the low scores and keeping the high scores high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

I can rate this school as a 2! The administrators from the principal to the assistant principal Ms Perez have no control over these children nor the parents. They actually are apathetic and one doesn't communicate w/ the other. It's crazy what is going on. There are excellent teachers w/ more understanding than those two clowns!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

i am very happy with how the teacher care so much for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

Laid back attitude about the discipline from the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2007

This school has a great atmosphere. The teachers are caring and professional. There are many ways for your child to get extra help. Many students go to the Zero Hour Math program-it's early 7:00-8:00am but they get the help they need. The extended day is in the morning when the children are fresh and ready to learn. After the regular day, they have afterschool programs, Virtual Y, chess and hockey club and band. This school is a rising star!
—Submitted by a staff


Posted December 1, 2005

I find PS 274 THE BEST SCHOOL. Everyone there was extremly nice. There were no fights. Everyone there was familiar with each other so there was no problems. There was a wide variety of afterschool programs including academic and fundemantal. I was sad to leave PS 274 because that was where my mother and aunt worked and where my cousin (the same age as me)went. All of the parents were always involved with everything and as far as I'm concerned, all parents were there on the first open school night. All of the activities were fun and educational at th same time even though you wouldn't know it! If you are looking for a new school for you child to attend, you should choose PS 274!!!
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
47%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "A" for the elementary school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 1 80% 23%
Black 2 15% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 3% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
White 2 1% 48%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 121%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 199%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 7%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 59%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 325 responses

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A safe and respectful environmentWhat's this?

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
8.7
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.5
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
9.0
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
8.4
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.1
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.7
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
8.6
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.4
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
8.9
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents28660%
Teachers3993%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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  • MS. MARITZA OLLIVIERRA-JONES

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